Holiday 2016 | WVIA

Below you'll find great holiday specials from PBS that you can watch online any time - along with the full WVIA-TV Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedules.

We have everything you need to get into the holiday spirit.  Watch special programming, get delicious recipe ideas and check out playlists featuring all of your favorites.

SHOWS

Holiday Special
Call the Midwife

Holiday Special

Nonnatus House receives an SOS call from a tiny mission hospital.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert
PBS Presents

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Enjoy Charles Dickens’ classic tale set to music and staged for television.

Christmas at Belmont
Holiday Specials

Christmas at Belmont

Join host Kathy Mattea for a concert of carols, classical works and seasonal favorites.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Holiday Specials

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Join Laura Osnes, Martin Jarvis and the renowned choir for the annual concert.

Holiday for Heroes - Preview
Lidia Celebrates America

Holiday for Heroes - Preview

Lidia Bastianich pays homage to the men and women of our military.

Masterclass: Christmas
PBS Food

Masterclass: Christmas

Mary and Paul take us through stunning holiday recipes for the family.

RECIPES

Christmas Recipes
PBS Food

Christmas Recipes

We have great ideas for everything from appetizers and sides to entrees and desserts.

Hannukah Recipes
PBS Food

Hannukah Recipes

We have recipes for Hannukah to help you celebrate!

'TIS THE SEASON

How to Make the Most of Your Holidays
Next Avenue

How to Make the Most of Your Holidays

Tips and inspiration to keep the season low on stress and high on meaning.

The Best Holiday Films
MetroFocus

The Best Holiday Films

We list some of the best holiday films we're sure you won't want to miss this season.

PLAYLISTS

Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24th

12:00a Bucknell Candlelight Christmas

Lessons and Carols, returns to public television. Rooke Chapel, set on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, makes for an evocative setting in A BUCKNELL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS. The program opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers. This holiday special also highlights the uplifting power of congregational singing, with performances of sacred music and familiar carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Go Tell it On the Mountain," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World."

01:00a Jazz Noel- Bill Carter and the Presbybob Band

The Presbybop Christmas Eve Band thrill the jazz lovers of NE PA, playing intriguing and swinging arrangements of favorite seasonal tunes. Under the leadership of jazz pianist Bill Carter, the band includes bassist Tony Marino, drummer Marko Marcinko, and saxophonist Mike Carbone, plus trumpeter Jeff Stockham and vocalist Warren Cooper.

02:00a Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops 

The one-hour music special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE BOSTON POPS showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including "Christmas Canticles" and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Filmed at historic Symphony Hall in Boston, the show features several special segments, including a performance by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. Country superstar Sara Evans sings songs from her 2014 holiday album "At Christmas," and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with musical accompaniment. Of course, no Holiday Pops concert would be complete without the orchestra's signature rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," a piece written expressly for the Boston Pops, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.

03:00a St. Thomas Christmas: Jubilant Light 

This Christmas season, the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Saint Paul, Minnesota is proud to share its musical artistry with audiences nationwide. The Catholic university is Minnesota's largest private college or university enrolling nearly 11,000 students on campuses in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Rome, Italy. In December 2015, viewers will enjoy A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: JUBILANT LIGHT a festive concert showcasing UST's internationally renowned vocal instrumental ensembles in performance with inspired musical programming. The Christmas concert is a tradition for the entire St. Thomas community to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, while enjoying the amazing talents showcases by student ensembles performing in concert on a world-class stage. The one-hour holiday special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. The University's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the String Orchestra will all perform. A sampling of the music chosen to date includes a world premiere performance of Jubilant Lightby the nationally acclaimed composer, James Stephenson. A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: JUBILANT LIGHT will be filmed before a live audience at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Orchestra Hall, which is home to the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra, is widely praised for its acoustic design in the honored tradition of renowned European concert halls credited for their sonic purity. Hundreds of student musicians will perform for 2,500 music enthusiasts in person.

04:00a Chef's Life Holiday Special

Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It's the stuff of holiday memories.. . with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season's celebrations in this one-hour special - exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef's Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. "Deck the Halls Ya'all!"

05:00a European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets. Besides being a visual treat, the show is also a musical treat, as T the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols to add to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns we visit. In our visit to Bernkastel-Kues we see the town hall decorated as an advent calendar, and learn of the traditional beverage of the markets, the Gluhwein. In Nuremberg we visit the imposing castle, and one of the most famous of all the Christmas markets. You can almost smell the roasting sausages and gingerbread sold in the stalls. In Rothenburg we learn of the traditional wooden Christmas decorations from the son of the founder of the Kathe Wolfhart Christmas store, and wander along the ramparts the the fairy tale village. Then we have a quick stop in the wine town of Rudesheim. A unique visit is made to the ancient town of Michelstadt and its Christmas market. And then into France, to see how the French celebrate the season in Strasbourg. We conclude our travels in Switzerland, with the sights and sounds of the holidays in Basel and and the alpine city of Lucerne. This show is a true Christmas treat, as we experience Europe at a time of community, conviviality and color. It will fill your senses with the warmth and the fun of the holiday season, with some geography and history lessons to boot!

05:30a Christmas on the Danube 

Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits theses cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas. 

06:00a Sid The Science Kid Sid's Holiday Adventure

Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it's always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it's chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can't be warm everywhere? At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world!

06:30a Bob The Builder - Trouble at Christmas

07:00a Wild Kratts Creature Christmas 

In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

08:00a Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

09:00a Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem. " This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year- old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

10:00a The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! 

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals -- from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs -- and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

11:00a Merry Christmas from Marywood 2016

The Marywood University Chamber Singers, under the direction of Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A. perform their Holiday concert "Lux Nova".

12:00p Christmas with Wartburg

As enchanting as fresh snowfall, the 68th annual Christmas with Wartburg concert celebrates the holiday season with a musical performance on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. This program features the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers, and Wind Ensemble as well as other Wartburg College choirs such as Ritterchor, St. Elizabeth Chorale, Kantorei and the Handbell Choir. Packed with talent and wrapped in warmth and tradition, the 2015 Christmas with Wartburg performance is a delightful way to enjoy the holiday season!

01:00p Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes....Martin

Hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Joining Osnes and Jarvis are four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists.

02:00p Christmas with the Duttons

"Christmas with The Duttons" is a joyful affair full of song, dance, comedy, and surprises with cultural influences from the holiday season all over the world! With three generations of family performing The Duttons pull out the stops with everything from Celtic fiddles and Christmas classics, to beautiful orchestrations and modern arrangements. This is a Christmas broadcast full of magic that demonstrates the love that these entertainers have for this amazing time of year.

03:00p Holidays at Murray State

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this 13th annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky. 

04:00p Heirloom Meals Christmas

Hosted by culinary artist and public-radio personality Carole Murko, HEIRLOOM MEALS CHRISTMAS celebrates the holiday season by delving into America's rich and diverse culinary history and honoring tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions. As she did in Heirloom Meals Thanksgiving, Murko seeks to "savor yesterday's traditions today" while paying tribute to the dying art of cooking from scratch. She contrasts the Mexican-American tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve with the old-world Austrian-American custom of preparing a Christmas goose. Other unique recipes include a sweet potato cake, holiday-themed lollipops and a closely guarded family eggnog. Murko also visits the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. to tour a special exhibit of works related to Charles Dickens and Christmas. She ventures to Shelburne Farms in Vermont to chat with a cheesemaker about sustainable farming. To add to holiday cheer, the special also includes songs performed by world-renowned jazz singer and pianist Judy Carmichael in the comfort of Carole's home.

05:00p Eight Nights: A Chanukah Musical Celebration 

WVIA celebrates the Festival of Lights with a menorah-lighting and concert by the all-male vocal ensemble Shir Soul. Led by arranger, composer and vocalist David Ross, the group has toured the U.S. and Canada and performed at the White House Menorah lighting ceremonies.

06:00p Christmas Carol: Theater of the Mind

Journey back to the beloved Charles Dickens' tale of Scrooge and the lessons learned by a lonely, forlorn old curmudgeon all presented with live sound effects like a classic radio-style drama the all-new "A Christmas Carol".

07:00p The Lawrence Welk Show 

Guest: Norma, Randy, and Mark Zimmer. This program opens with Lawrence joining the gang for "Jingle Bells". Norma and the group sing "Silent Night" and Arthur Duncan shows us how to "Ring Those Christmas Bells". "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" is performed beautifully by Guy and Ralna and Joe Feeney captures the true spirit of the season with "Oh Holy Night". Along the way, the children of the Musical Family are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

08:00p Pa Polka - John Stanky & The Coalminers Christmas Show 2008

09:00p Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops 

The one-hour music special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE BOSTON POPS showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including "Christmas Canticles" and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Filmed at historic Symphony Hall in Boston, the show features several special segments, including a performance by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. Country superstar Sara Evans sings songs from her 2014 holiday album "At Christmas," and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with musical accompaniment. Of course, no Holiday Pops concert would be complete without the orchestra's signature rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," a piece written expressly for the Boston Pops, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.

10:00p Jazz Noel - Bill Carter and the Presbybob Band

The Presbybop Christmas Eve Band thrill the jazz lovers of NE PA, playing intriguing and swinging arrangements of favorite seasonal tunes. Under the leadership of jazz pianist Bill Carter, the band includes bassist Tony Marino, drummer Marko Marcinko, and saxophonist Mike Carbone, plus trumpeter Jeff Stockham and vocalist Warren Cooper.

11:00p Jordan Smith 'tis The Season 

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC's The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, JORDAN SMITH 'TIS THE SEASON. Taped on the Evergreen Stage at Diadan Studios, the special spotlights music from Jordan's new Christmas album "'Tis the Season," and features special guest David Foster, the legendary composer, songwriter and producer (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion). Jordan performs with his core band, led by musical director Cheche Alara (Latin Grammys and American Idol), along with a string and horns/woodwind section to round out the sound. Produced by the team behind the critically acclaimed music series Front And Center and the talk show Speakeasy, the concert special showcases Jordan's powerful vocals singing classic holiday and popular songs, including. 

Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25th

12:00a Holidays at Murray State

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this 13th annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

01:00a Chef's Life Holiday Special 

Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It's the stuff of holiday memories.. . with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season's celebrations in this one-hour special - exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef's Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. "Deck the Halls Ya'all!"

02:00a Crane Candlelight Concert - Brightest and Best

The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special Holiday concert. Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites. Conducted by Jeffrey Francom, Ching-Chun Lai, and Michael Sitton, this year features baritone Johnathan Stinson on Fantasia on Christmas Carols; the Crane West African Ensemble with Noel; a stunning rendition of Stars, using glasses of water as instruments; a moving adaptation of Carmen: Suite No. 2; Thou Gracious God with Michael Merdoch on bagpipes; and the title piece, Brightest and Best, a Southern Harmony hymn first published in 1835.

03:00a Christmas with Wartburg 

As enchanting as fresh snowfall, the 68th annual Christmas with Wartburg concert celebrates the holiday season with a musical performance on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. This program features the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers, and Wind Ensemble as well as other Wartburg College choirs such as Ritterchor, St. Elizabeth Chorale, Kantorei and the Handbell Choir. Packed with talent and wrapped in warmth and tradition, the 2015 Christmas with Wartburg performance is a delightful way to enjoy the holiday season!

04:00a Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes....Martin 

Hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Joining Osnes and Jarvis are four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists.

05:00a Christmas with the Duttons 

"Christmas with The Duttons" is a joyful affair full of song, dance, comedy, and surprises with cultural influences from the holiday season all over the world! With three generations of family performing The Duttons pull out the stops with everything from Celtic fiddles and Christmas classics, to beautiful orchestrations and modern arrangements. This is a Christmas broadcast full of magic that demonstrates the love that these entertainers have for this amazing time of year.

06:00a Sid The Science Kid - Sid's Holiday Adventure

Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it's always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it's chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can't be warm everywhere? At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world!

06:30a Dinosaur Train PBS - Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins: Part 1/Part 2

When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they get stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration? Educational Objective: The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

07:00a The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! 

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals -- from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs -- and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

08:00a Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season. 

09:00a Wild Kratts Creature Christmas

In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

10:00a Peg + Cat + Holidays 

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem. " This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year- old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

11:00a Crane Candlelight Concert - Brightest and Best

The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special Holiday concert. Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites. Conducted by Jeffrey Francom, Ching-Chun Lai, and Michael Sitton, this year features baritone Johnathan Stinson on Fantasia on Christmas Carols; the Crane West African Ensemble with Noel; a stunning rendition of Stars, using glasses of water as instruments; a moving adaptation of Carmen: Suite No. 2; Thou Gracious God with Michael Merdoch on bagpipes; and the title piece, Brightest and Best, a Southern Harmony hymn first published in 1835.

12:00p Merry Christmas from Marywood 2016 

Marywood University Campus Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A. perform selections from "Laud to the Nativity" and "The Star of Bethlehem".

01:00p Lycoming College Candlelight Service

A popular College tradition, the Christmas Candlelight Service is a Service of Lessons and Carols where students, faculty, staff and members of the community come together to celebrate the holiday season. Taped Decmeber 4th 2016 at Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus.

02:00p Bucknell Candlelight Christmas

Lessons and Carols, returns to public television. Rooke Chapel, set on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, makes for an evocative setting in A BUCKNELL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS. The program opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers. This holiday special also highlights the uplifting power of congregational singing, with performances of sacred music and familiar carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Go Tell it On the Mountain," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World."

03:00p Chef's Life Holiday Special 

Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It's the stuff of holiday memories.. . with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season's celebrations in this one-hour special - exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef's Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. "Deck the Halls Ya'all!"

04:00p Christmas Invitation from Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University's annual holiday tradition rings in the season with a Christmas celebration featuring the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer JAC Redford's, "A Christmas Invitation, " a three-movement work composed for the Choir of the West, University Chorale and PLU's University Symphony Orchestra. The program will also feature a guest appearance by world-renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano and PLU alumna Angela Meade, class of 2001. "

05:00p Rick Steves Special - European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions. 

06:00p Christmastime In New Orleans

CHRISTMASTIME IN NEW ORLEANS is a festive holiday special showcasing the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city's vast and unique musical influences. Vibraphonist/percussionist Jason Marsalis and The NOLA Players perform a variety of holiday classics, putting a new twist on "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Joy to the World" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain. In addition, a few of the Big Easy's finest chefs, including John Folse, Leah Chase and John Besh, discuss how and why the city's gastronomy embodies a cross section of global cultures, and demonstrate recipes typical of New Orleans at Christmastime. Also, actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce (HBO's Tremeand The Wire) shares what makes the holidays in the Crescent City the only choice for him, and actor Jim Caviezel (CBS' Person of Interest and The Passion of the Christ) explains why this film destination is his favored "home away from home."

06:30p Jordan Smith 'tis The Season

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC's The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, JORDAN SMITH 'TIS THE SEASON. Taped on the Evergreen Stage at Diadan Studios, the special spotlights music from Jordan's new Christmas album "'Tis the Season," and features special guest David Foster, the legendary composer, songwriter and producer (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion). Jordan performs with his core band, led by musical director Cheche Alara (Latin Grammys and American Idol), along with a string and horns/woodwind section to round out the sound. Produced by the team behind the critically acclaimed music series Front And Center and the talk show Speakeasy, the concert special showcases Jordan's powerful vocals singing classic holiday and popular songs, including.

07:30p Call The Midwife Holiday Special

Follow the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that's understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure. Facing tough challenges, they dig deep to save Hope Clinic and make a difference.

09:00p Great Performances The Hollow Crown: Richard III

In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard's path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Phoebe Fox.

11:30p Shakespeare Live! from the Rsc 

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the RSC's star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more. 

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